Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Abraham von Franckenberg - The Key to the House of David (1646) [beta]

This is an Appendix of Abraham von Franckenberg's publication [1646] of Guillaume Postel's 'Absconditorum clavis, ou La Clé des choses cachées et l'Exégèse du Candélabre mystique dans le tabernacle de Moyse' [The Key of Secrets, or, The Key of Hidden Things and the Exegesis of the Mystic Candelabra in the tabernacle of Moses.], first published by Postel in 1547. Franckenberg served as the Editor, and added several appendixes, of which "The Key of David" is one. In the text below, Franckenberg is the "Editor", and Postel is the "Author". 

In latin, the opening greeting is "Salve Philomysta". Philomysta doesn't seem to exist elsewhere, and is probably a combination of Philo (philosophy) and "mysta", which translates to "deacon", "priest", and other variations through it's connection to "magister sacrorum". A more literal translation would be "Officiating Priest of Philosophy".

Translation and diagram are my own. 

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

The Hunting of the GREENELYON


ALL haile to the noble Companie
Oftrue Students in holy Alchimie,
Whose noble practise doth hem teach
To vaile their secrets with mistie speach;
Mought yt please your worshipfulnes
To heare my silly soothfastnes,
Of that practise which I have seene,
In hunting of the Lyon Greene:

The Geometrical Order of the World - beta

This was originally going to be a post of the diagrams from Otto Van Veen's "Physicae et Theologicae Conclusiones" (1621), but I found an old paper, "The Geometrical Order of the World: Otto Van Veen's Physicae et Theologicae Conclusiones" by Christoph Geissmar (known nowadays as Dr. Christoph Geissmar-Brandi), published in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes, Volume 56, 1993. The author notes that the "conception of this paper was made possible by a Frances A. Yates fellowship at the Warburg Institute."

In the paper, Geissmar-Brandi provides a paraphrasing of the latin text that accompanies each diagram (each considered a "chapter"). This is this basis for the english explanations included below - they have only been slightly edited to fit this format. After the 20 chapters, Geissmar-Brandi provides some comparisons to other works of Van Veen, and those of Kepler and Jacob Boehme, parts of which I will include at the end as well.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Zeus and the Sky-Pillar (The Elysian Way)

The word elysion, which thus signifies both the spot struck by lightning and the abode of the divinised dead, is presumably related to elysie, a ' way' The term is remarkable, and its applicability is not at once clear. We must suppose that the Greeks recognised a definite ' way ' from earth to heaven, along which those honoured by the summons of Zeus might pass. This conception would at least square with certain Pindaric phrases. In a context of Pythagorean import the poet tells how —

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Marcus Vitruvius Pollio - Book IX of De Architecture

"Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (born c. 80–70 BC, died after c. 15 BC), commonly known as Vitruvius or Vitruvi or Vitruvio, was a Roman author, architect, civil engineer and military engineer during the 1st century BC, known for his multi-volume work entitled De architectura. His discussion of perfect proportion in architecture and the human body, led to the famous Renaissance drawing by Da Vinci of Vitruvian Man." 


English translation by Morris Morgan (1914).  Headings are changed to reflect the chapters in the Latin versions. Images are from several 16th century Latin publications (1511, 1523, 1567).